The state 🏀 tournament is upon us! Here's a look at where each Patriot League school lays, playoffs or not

Wrestling is in the books, but basketball is only starting to heat up! Plus, the spring season is jus
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The state 🏀 tournament is upon us! Here's a look at where each Patriot League school lays, playoffs or not
By The Playbook • Issue #64 • View online
Wrestling is in the books, but basketball is only starting to heat up! Plus, the spring season is just around the corner.
We’ll get you caught up on where each of the 11 Patriot League schools sit — even those who won’t be partaking in state basketball tournaments.

Sterling's, right, Jace Pittman makes a shot against Resurrection Christian's Zach Cook on Jan. 15 at Resurrection Christian High School in Loveland. (Photo by Joshua Polson)
Sterling's, right, Jace Pittman makes a shot against Resurrection Christian's Zach Cook on Jan. 15 at Resurrection Christian High School in Loveland. (Photo by Joshua Polson)
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Around the League
Basketball playoffs or no basketball playoffs. Here is a look at what’s going on right now with each of the 11 Patriot League schools:
Brush Beetdiggers: The girls basketball team made the state tournament as the 26 seed. It will visit No. 7 The Academy on Friday at 6 p.m.
Eaton Reds: Both the girls and boys basketball team made the state tournament. The boys are the No. 21 seed and will visit No. 12 Faith Christian on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The girls are ranked No. 5, the highest of any Patriot League team, and will host No. 28 Coal Ridge on Friday at 7 p.m.
Eaton's Addie Randel goes in for a layup against Platte Valley on Jan. 11 at Eaton High School. (Photo by Joshua Polson)
Eaton's Addie Randel goes in for a layup against Platte Valley on Jan. 11 at Eaton High School. (Photo by Joshua Polson)
Estes Park Bobcats: Estes Park’s winter sports season is over. But, spring practices have started. The Bobcats’ most competitive spring sport is track. Watch for Derrick Hamel, who has team-best marks in the 100-meter run and triple jump.
Frontier Academy Wolverines: The boys basketball team just squeaked into the state tournament. It is the 30th seed and will visit No. 3 Manual on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Liberty Common Eagles: Liberty Common’s winter season is over. For spring sports, its girls soccer team finished with the best record in 3A Region 4 a year ago (10-0). The Eagles’ girls track team also finished with the best 1,600-meter relay time in the Patriot League a year ago (4:18.17). So, it should be an exciting season for the Eagles.
Platte Valley Broncos:  There is plenty more basketball in the immediate and intermediate future for the Broncos. Platte Valley’s girls (19-3) — having one of their best seasons in program history — are the eighth seed and will play host to No. 25 Kent Denver on Friday. The Broncos boys (16-6), as the 15th seed, will face No. 18 Alamosa in Sterling, with the chance to again face Patriot League powerhouse Sterling on Saturday.
Sterling's Tucker Myers tries to make a shot over Resurrection Christian's Sparky Morris on Jan. 15 at Resurrection Christian High School in Loveland. (Photo by Joshua Polson)
Sterling's Tucker Myers tries to make a shot over Resurrection Christian's Sparky Morris on Jan. 15 at Resurrection Christian High School in Loveland. (Photo by Joshua Polson)
Resurrection Christian: The Cougars basketball programs will be logging plenty of highway miles this weekend. As the 11th seed, the boys (17-5) travel 220 miles, one way, to Coal Ridge to face No. 22 Grand Valley on Friday. The girls (15-7) are in store for a fairly lengthy road trip themselves. They’re the 16th seed and will travel 120 miles to St. Mary’s School in Colorado Springs to take on No. 17.
Sterling Tigers: Anywhere the Tigers boys basketball team (21-1) goes this winter, it makes itself right at home. For the first two rounds of the state tournament this weekend, Sterling will actually be right at home before taking its dominating act on the road. It meets No. 31 The Academy on Friday. The Tigers’ female athletes, on the other hand, are shifting focus to spring sports: track, soccer and tennis.
Strasburg Indians: While Strasburg’s girls are also preparing for the spring season, the Indians boys basketball team (12-11) qualified for this weekend’s state tournament by the most narrow of margins. It is seeded 29th out of 32 teams and will face No. 4 The Vanguard School in the first round at 6 p.m. Friday at James Irwin High School in Colorado Springs.
University High's Andre Chacon (32) shoots in the lane against the Platte Valley defense of Bryson Becker, right, and Kade McDaniel, left, on Feb. 1 in Greeley. (Michael Brian/mbrian@greeleytribune.com)
University High's Andre Chacon (32) shoots in the lane against the Platte Valley defense of Bryson Becker, right, and Kade McDaniel, left, on Feb. 1 in Greeley. (Michael Brian/mbrian@greeleytribune.com)
University Bulldogs: Some of these University boys athletes might be champing at the bit, ready to began defending their baseball state title in a couple weeks. But, for now, basketball is still very firmly on their minds. The boys basketball team (14-8) wins the prize for the longest distance a Patriot League team will have to travel for a state tournament game this weekend. As the 23rd seed, they’ll travel nearly eight hours, one way, to Cortez for a first round game Friday against No. 10 Centauri. In quite the contrast, the University girls (13-9) travel just about 20 minutes to take on No. 13 Moffat County on Friday in Eaton.
Valley Vikings: Spring has sprung for Valley. Both Vikings basketball teams have wrapped up their seasons, but exciting spring activities are on the horizon. Valley’s baseball team should again be a threat at the 3A level. Also, boys and girls track teams should have some standouts.
Eaton alum and Colorado State sophomore Tarynn Sieg, middle, placed first in women's shot put in the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend. (Courtesy/Tim Sieg)
Eaton alum and Colorado State sophomore Tarynn Sieg, middle, placed first in women's shot put in the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend. (Courtesy/Tim Sieg)
Eaton's Sieg heading to nationals
Tarynn Sieg — a 2017 Eaton High School graduate and a sophomore at Colorado State University — earned all-Mountain West honors and became a conference champion in women’s shot put at the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., this past weekend.
She recorded a throw of 17.09 meters (56 feet, 1 inch), the third best throw in Mountain West history. The conference record is 17.18 meters, set by CSU’s Aaliyah Pete in 2017.
It was Sieg’s personal best by more than five feet.
She will compete in shot put during the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 8-9 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.
Sieg also placed fourth at the conference championships in the weight throw event, with a distance of 19.18 meters (62’ 11.25").
She helped lead the Rams to a team title. Colorado State’s men’s team also won the team title.
Resurrection Christian's Michael Lewis achievement
Resurrection Christian's senior hockey player, Michael Lewis. (Photo by Austin Humphreys/Reporter-Herald)
Resurrection Christian's senior hockey player, Michael Lewis. (Photo by Austin Humphreys/Reporter-Herald)
Resurrection Christian’s senior hockey player, Michael Lewis, was awarded the player of the year by the Loveland Reporter-Herald. He logged the most ice time on the team and led the Cougars with 27 points including 13 goals.
Valley alum Abbey Wehrman
Valley alum Abbey Wehrman
Valley alum Abbey Wehrman takes on new gig, will be reunited with former teammate
Abbey Wehrman — a 2015 Valley graduate — enjoyed her final moments as a player for East Central University’s volleyball team in Ada, Okla., this past fall.
But even though her playing days are over, she will continue to stay connected with ECU’s program and with the sport of volleyball, in general.
Wehrman recently accepted a position as a volleyball graduate assistant on the Tigers’ coaching staff.
She will also be reunited with her former Vikings teammate, Ashyln Martinez, a 2017 Valley graduate. Martinez spent her sophomore season this past fall with Northeastern Junior College in Sterling but will be transferring to ECU where she will play volleyball this fall.
University baseball coach Casey Miller poses at Coors Field in Denver with his son, Camden, his daughter, Kendall, and his wife, Amy Jo, this past Friday. (Courtesy/Casey Miller)
University baseball coach Casey Miller poses at Coors Field in Denver with his son, Camden, his daughter, Kendall, and his wife, Amy Jo, this past Friday. (Courtesy/Casey Miller)
Kickin' back at Coors
University coach Casey Miller and his Bulldogs baseball team received a rare opportunity this past Friday.
The program conducted a fundraiser this past year and sold Colorado Rockies tickets. As a result, they earned the opportunity to scrimmage Erie at Coors Field.
The Bulldogs won the Class 3A state title less than a year ago, finishing with a record of 23-3. It was their fourth state title in program history, their first since 1997.
University opens its season at Lutheran on March 9.
Eaton wrestling coach Tony Mustari
Eaton wrestling coach Tony Mustari
Tony Mustari: Coach of the Year
Eaton fourth-year wrestling coach Tony Mustari was selected Tuesday as the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Colorado Chapter’s Class 2A/3A Coach of the Year.
This past weekend, Mustari led the Reds to the a second-place finish in the Class 3A Wrestling Championships for the second consecutive year.
Athletes of the Week Results
Here is who you picked on Twitter (@patplaybook) as the Patriot League Athletes of the Week for this past week. Congrats to Ty and Angel!:
Wha'dya Think?
Question: Will the 12 boys and girls Patriot League basketball teams in the state tournament win more than half of their combined games on Friday and Saturday?
We want to know who among our subscribers are the most knowledgable when it comes to the Patriot League. We will be keeping track of correct answers and updating a leaderboard every week.
At the end of each month, the leader will win a prize. Not to mention, the weekly winner will receive a shoutout in Monday’s edition of The Playbook. Have fun and good luck!
Scoreboard
State Basketball Tournament Matchups — Round of 32
Girls
No. 16 Resurrection Christian (15-7) vs. No. 17 Salida (12-9), at St. Mary’s HS, 5 p.m. Friday
No. 8 Platte Valley (19-3) vs. No. 25 Kent Denver (11-12), at Platte Valley HS, 5 p.m. Friday
No. 5 Eaton (21-1) vs. No. 28 Coal Ridge (11-9), at Eaton HS, 7 p.m. Friday
No. 21 University (13-9) vs. No. 12 Moffat County (17-5), at Eaton HS, 5 p.m. Friday
No. 26 Brush (11-11) vs. No. 7 The Academy (21-1), at The Academy HS, 6 p.m. Friday
Boys
No. 21 Eaton (13-9) vs. No. 12 Faith Christian (16-6), at Delta HS, 4:30 p.m. Friday
N0. 29 Strasburg (12-11) vs. No. 4 Vanguard (20-2), at James Irwin HS, 6 p.m. Friday
No. 2 Sterling (21-1) vs. No. 31 The Academy (14-8), at Sterling HS, 5 p.m. Friday
No. 15 Platte Valley (16-6) vs. No. 18 Alamosa (12-10), at Sterling HS, 7 p.m. Friday
No. 23 University (14-8) vs. No. 10 Centauri (17-4), at Montezuma-Cortez HS, 5:30 p.m. Friday
No. 11 Resurrection Christian (17-5) vs. No. 22 Grand View (12-8), at Coal Ridge HS, 7 p.m. Friday
No. 30 Frontier Academy (11-12) vs. No. 3 Manual (19-3), at Manual HS, 5:30 p.m.
Coming up in Friday's edition of The Playbook
We’ll give you five things to watch for in each the boys and girls basketball state tournaments! This, and much, much more.
Thanks for reading! See you Friday!
Bobby Fernandez, The Playbook Publisher
Quinn Ritzdorf, The Playbook Reporter
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